Yosemite National Park To Close Due To Poor Air Quality From Heavy Wildfire SmokeOfficials in Yosemite National Park announced Thursday that the park would shut down to all visitors and vehicular traffic at 5 p.m. due to significant smoke and hazardous air quality from wildfires burning in Southern California.
Creek Fire: Firefighters Brace For Gusty Winds; Blaze Grows To More Than 200,000 Acres, 8 Percent ContainmentAfter several days of relatively calm breezes, the small army of firefighters battling the massive Creek Fire -- burning in the tinder-dry, bark-beetle infected Sierra National Forest -- braced Sunday for a dramatic shift in weather conditions that could renew the blaze's threat to the mountain communities of Auberry, Shaver Lake and Old Brentz Mill.
Creek Fire Update: Advancing Flames Ignite Avalanche Control Explosives At China Peak; Trapped Hikers Awaiting Airlift From Florence LakeFirefighters battling a massive wildfire in tinder-dry and bark beetle infested Sierra forest near Shaver Lake were confronted with a new threat -- a cache of avalanche explosives stashed in a bunker at the China Peak ski area.
Creek Fire: Nearly 275 Square Miles In Sierra Burned, No ContainmentThe Creek Fire burning in the Sierra National Forest northeast of Fresno continued to rage without any containment Thursday, consuming more than 175,000 acres since it started late last week.
California Wildfires: Trump Largely Silent On Social Media About Historically Devastating FiresPresident Donald Trump as of Thursday morning has yet to offer any public statement of support amid historic wildfires spreading in California and the Pacific Northwest.
Creek Fire Update: Wall Of Flames Roars Into China Peak; Fire Grows To More Than 163,000 Acres; At Least 365 Structures DestroyedHours after a National Guard helicopter crew made a dramatic rescue of 13 people trapped in China Peak, the Creek Fire roared into the recreation area Tuesday evening as the massive blaze created its own weather system and continued its march through the bark beetle dead timber in the Sierra.
Creek Fire Update: Trapped Bay Area Hikers Rescued In Pre-Dawn Airlift; Beloved Cressman’s General Store Destroyed; Fire Tops 152K AcresAfter several failed attempts, a California National Guard helicopter crew braved winds, smoke and flames early Tuesday morning to rescue 13 people who had been trapped in China Lake by the advancing flames of the Creek Fire.
Newsom Salutes Heroic National Guard Crews In Creek Fire Rescues -- 'They Went In Anyway'Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday saluted "the courage and conviction and the grit" of the National Guard crews that flew in to rescue hundreds of campers trapped by the Creek Fire as he outlined progress made across the state during this historic fire season.
Creek Fire Update: National Guard Helicopter Rescue Missions Turned Back By Heavy Smoke; Fire Grows To 135,523 Acres; One Death In FireThe massive Creek Fire, burning in a timber-rich area of the Sierra, had grown to 135,532 acres by Monday evening but heavy smoke thwarted the efforts of California National Guard helicopters to rescue trapped people in Lake Edison and China Peak.
Creek Fire: Smoke Plume Casts Martian Like Glow Over Yosemite National ParkThousands of visitors flocked to Yosemite National Park for a Labor Day Weekend filled with clean mountain air, nature hikes and pristine views of the park's grandeur.
Creek Fire: National Guard Helicopter Crews Rescue 200+ Trapped Sierra CampersCalifornia National Guard helicopter crews frantically airlifted more than 200 people as a wall of flames from the fast-moving Creek Fire burning in the Sierra bore down on them.